___I find that many people look through my website trying to determine if the cars they have in their attic are worth anything. I used to run more than 100 small cars a week on eBay auctions and have done more than 25,000 of them, but the market has changed significantly of late.
___Ebay had already changed the market. Why? Because everyone was cleaning out their attics and trying to sell them and lots of people were buying collections at garage sales and reselling them either as a collection or individually for profit. That flooded the market with them. Truly rare versions may have pulled more money but your common ones had come down in value. Now with the downturn in the economy, even more people are trying to get what they can from stuff in their attics. I remember back in '98 when I paid $19.00 on Ebay for one Matchbox car in fair condition. A few years ago, before the recession, I would have been lucky to get $3-$4 for the same car, and now it wouldn't sell at all.
___So, I am sorry to say that it is difficult to get much money for collections, especially if they are newer than the 1960's. Your best bet is to list them as a collection or in groups on Ebay. Selling them individually is very time consuming and only recomended if you do it as a hobby and find listing auctions fun in and of itself. For the most part I am no longer buying them. The only items I might consider is 1960's or older Matchbox that are in mint or near mint condition, or the Matchbox Premieres, Johnny Lightning or Racing Champions versions of Muscle Cars or Police Cars if they are mint , but not of the Nascars (The Muscle Cars would only be for my own collection relating to my Body Shop business). Even with those I can't give a lot for them just because the market is so soft.
___I do not do evaluations of collections or individual cars and I do not know of anyone who is currently buying them. There are plenty of books out there to help you with that. A good author for Matchbox is Charlie Mack. You can probably get his books through Amazon.com (just search by Authors) or there is a good web site with direct links to his stuff: http://www.mboxcommunity.com/. Also, watch Ebay listings to see what people are asking for them.
___I will re-state what I said above. At this time and in this economy I'm really not buying much of anything right now, especially not newer HotWheels or Nascar stuff and I do not know of anyone or anywhere you can go to get them sold other than Ebay. Same thing for values. You're best bet is to watch Ebay and see what they are going for (what they are selling for as compared to what people are asking for with no bids). If, after reading this, you're still needing to desperately unload something, you can e-mail me a list and some photos along with your price and I'll look it over, but as I said above I'm not buying much at all.
___So, with all of that being said, thank you for taking the time to visit my web site. It doesn't matter if you're seeking to sell, seeking to buy, or just reminiscing about those toys you should have kept (that's what got me back into it). I hope you have some fun.
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